3/12/2013 | Mets need den Dekker's bat to keep up with glove
Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker has turned heads at Mets camp with a series of highlight reel catches, but the youngster's bat hasn't caught up to his glove.
3/12/2013 | Abe helps Japan seal Pool 1 title over Netherlands
Shinnosuke Abe homered to open Japan's second inning and clubbed a second long ball to cap the eight-run frame as the two-time reigning World Baseball Classic champions defeated The Kingdom of the Netherlands, 10-6, on Tuesday at Tokyo Dome. With the win, Japan sealed the Pool 1 title.
3/12/2013 | Evolving veteran-rookie dynamic still a factor
Finely tuned specialization and increased prospect awareness have undoubtedly altered clubhouse atmosphere as it relates to veteran and young players. But it's still important for the experienced big leaguers to show the way.
3/12/2013 | Dodgers celebrate Jackie's legacy at '42' screening
It's one of the most anticipated films to be released this spring and on Monday night more than 300 members of the Dodger family, including Major and Minor League players, coaches, staff and their families came to the AMC Westgate 20 Theatres in Glendale, Ariz., for a private screening of "42," which chronicles how Jackie Robinson was signed by Branch Rickey and broke Major League Baseball's color barrier when he played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
3/12/2013 | Rivera the latest to seek the perfect ending
For the vast majority of players, Hall of Famers included, injuries or deteriorating performance bring about retirement. Still, as Chipper Jones proved in 2012, graceful final acts are not impossible for those further along in years. Now Mariano Rivera will look to end his career on the top of his game.
3/11/2013 | Plouffe's MRI on strained calf comes back clean
Third baseman Trevor Plouffe had an MRI on his strained right calf, which came back favorable, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday. Plouffe, who missed the club's first three Grapefruit League games with the injury, re-injured himself while working out on Sunday. But he's expected to return by next week.
3/11/2013 | Improved team defense a priority for Rockies
Last in the Majors with 122 errors in 2012, the Rockies are intent on shoring up their defense while maintaining their aggressiveness.
3/11/2013 | Bumgarner turns it up in start against Rangers
Madison Bumgarner recorded what was easily his best outing of the spring Monday, working four shutout innings as the Giants outlasted the Texas Rangers, 2-1.
3/11/2013 | Padres' Ross shows promise against former team
Tyson Ross struggled in 2012 with the A's, but a trade to the Padres has reignited the potential he showed in college at Cal -- potential that was on full display Monday against the A's.
3/11/2013 | Italy focused as powerful Dominicans loom
A surprise participant in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic, Italy's next task involves facing a pair of National League batting champions and seven All-Stars representing the Dominican Republic at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday in Miami.
3/11/2013 | Intrigue of Puig tough for Dodgers to ignore
To Don Mattingly, Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig has gone from "fun to watch" to "surprising." Whether that takes Puig onto the Opening Day roster if left fielder Carl Crawford goes on the disabled list, Mattingly still isn't saying.
3/11/2013 | Search for consistency priority No. 1 for Rodriguez
Rays infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez got knocked down last season. Now he's back on his feet and looking to finally find the consistency that he's been lacking.
3/11/2013 | Worley hurls four effective innings against Rays
The Twins scored a run in the ninth to tie it and tacked on two more in the 10th to defeat the Rays, 6-4, on Monday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Twins starter Vance Worley allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two in four solid innings.
3/11/2013 | Dodgers like progress Ryu shows in latest start
If Hyun-Jin Ryu didn't initially know what he was getting himself into by signing with the Dodgers and leaving Korea, he's been a quick study lately, pretty much ever since manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu didn't have a starting spot guaranteed.
3/11/2013 | Pomeranz showing signs of confidence
Having a talented young pitcher like Drew Pomeranz hit his stride could shore up a Rockies rotation that could render a high-scoring offense and a dependable bullpen moot.
3/11/2013 | Padres might just make a name for themselves in '13
While San Diego lacks the starpower and payroll of some of its division opponents, a solid second half to last season might carry over to the coming year.
3/11/2013 | Jones feels no oblique discomfort
On Tuesday, all of the Pirates will be doing what Garrett Jones has done the last five days. Nothing.
3/11/2013 | Bunting a crucial part of Giants' offensive arsenal
Playing home games in pitcher-friendly AT&T Park and lacking premier sluggers in their lineup, the Giants must employ every means possible to generate offense. So they work diligently at sharpening their bunting technique.
3/11/2013 | Weeks will play in Minors before rejoining A's
While recovering from a bruised right shoulder, Jemile Weeks is scheduled to play in two Minor League games before returning to the A's lineup.
3/11/2013 | Samardzija makes 'big turn' in latest spring outing
In Jeff Samardzija's previous outing Wednesday, he was on a back field in Surprise, facing Rangers Minor Leaguers in a "B" game that started at 10 a.m. On Monday, the Cubs right-hander was starting in front of a sellout crowd of 12,436 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The results were better against the D-backs.
3/11/2013 | Hellweg, Thornburg optioned to focus on starting
The Brewers on Monday optioned right-handers Johnny Hellweg and Tyler Thornburg to Triple-A Nashville so they can stretch out to begin the season in that club's starting rotation.
3/11/2013 | Efficiency keys Sale's success in latest start
White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale needed just 58 pitches to work into the sixth inning of Monday's 3-1 win over the Rockies.
3/11/2013 | Huggins-Stengel Field houses memories of springs past
The doors at Huggins-Stengel Field are still open. Literally. You can walk right in, sit right down and let your mind roll on. It rolled backwards Monday morning, back to when baseball wasn't so locked down, locked up and lock-jawed.
3/11/2013 | Jennings, Scott over minor injuries, contribute in win
Monday night's lineup card answered questions about a couple of minor injuries. Desmond Jennings (mild left ankle sprain) was penciled into the leadoff spot and played center field against the Twins, while Luke Scott (tight left hamstring) was used as the designated hitter. Jennings went 1-for-2 with a run scored, and Scott went 2-for-3 with his first homer of the spring.
3/11/2013 | Former Marlins make Classic return to Miami
On Monday afternoon, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes made their joint return to Miami in a more subdued affair -- World Baseball Classic workouts -- wearing a different uniform and aspiring for a different trophy.
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